2019 Carnival City Macsteel National Classic – the road race
We are excited to announce that our 2019 road race (the 36th edition) will once again take place on the last Sunday of October, and will roll out on the same route as we did in 2018.
We start outside Carnival City, as always, with the new start line closer to the Carnival City entrance, then head East towards Brakpan and Springs. From Springs, we take you South to Nigel on the R51, right then left on the R550 towards the R23. Shortly after the first sprint prime (hot spot 1), you’ll turn left (to Heidelberg, 41Km) instead of the right turn back to Carnival City like previous years, then right on the R103 just before Heidelberg. At the next 4-way stop, you’ll turn left on the R550 towards Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, turning right on the road to Magagula Heights. A left turn, up a short drag to Diana Road to turn right. Diana Rd takes you back to the R550, where you’ll turn left and ride over the second sprint prime (hot spot 2). At the 4-way intersection (R550/R23) you’ll turn left and ride the final 14.5Km to the finish, which is the same as previous year. Total distance is 109Km (700m elevation).
The short distance event (red on map) for the less fit, more social rider has been retained, and follows the first 42Km of the new route described above. At the R23 riders will turn right to head back to Carnival City. Total distance is 58Km (367m elevation gain).
Water points remain the same as before (2 on the short route and 4 on the long route).
We’ve done away with the longer distance for the Elite, U23, Juniors and Vets – the primary reason is to do away with the delayed start times for the tandems, open groups and the shorter route. The race will start at 06:00 for the Elites, followed by the rest of the groups at regular intervals. All groups would be on the course by 08:10, allowing 5-10 minutes before the Elites return to the finish.
Carnival City Macsteel MTB race
The route will remain the same as in 2017 and 2018 (pending track conditions), with the option of 60Km, 34Km, 6 or 12Km family friendly, or a 1/2/3Km ride for the kids.
The race will start at 07:00, with the A-seeded 60Km riders, followed by the rest of the groups/distances at 5 minute intervals.
For 2018, the trail run will take place on Sunday, as we did in 2018, while the road race is taking place. Start time is 07:00, and runners have the option of a 5.5Km (1 lap) or 11Km (2 laps) race, on trails inside the Carnival City precinct.
Post race hospitality
For both days, Saturday and Sunday, we will have the hospitality area offering a place to unwind after your race, enjoying food and drinks and the company of fellow riders. Prize giving takes place in the hospitality area, as well as the lucky prize draws (taking place through the day).
Clubs are invited to erect their gazebos in pre-booked sites on the Carnival City Festival Lawns.